The following article about making homemade, organic baby food is a guest post from Rebecca Dalgety, new mom to baby Gibson and friend to Babyminding.com. We hope you enjoy the post and become inspired to give homemade baby food a try!
Last fall when I discovered I was expecting, the day dreaming began. I spent hours comparing paint samples for the nursery, researching which car seats were the safest, not to mention keeping my husband awake at night stressing over whether or not to follow the recommended vaccine schedule. Even then, I planned to make Gibson’s baby food from scratch.
My internet search led me to a wonderful website, www.wholesomebabyfood.com, where I learned the homemade baby food basics, along with lots of helpful tips and hints. For example, your baby’s first food does not have to be rice cereal! Avocado is a great “stage 1” food that is mild in taste and loaded with vitamins. The more I read, the more I thought “I can really do this!”
Now that I’ve actually given this a go, I can’t stress enough how easy it is to prepare your own baby food. Fresh organic produce is best, with frozen in second place depending on the season’s selection. You can steam, boil, or roast your fruits and vegetables. Roasting is usually preferred because it helps retain the most nutrients. When your produce has been cooked and is nice and tender, you simply puree it. I use a food processor, but blenders and baby food mills are popular too. After you let the food cool, pour it into ice cube trays, cover with plastic wrap and freeze. After a few hours you will be able to release the cubes of fresh baby food just as you would with ice. Now the food is ready to be stored in freezer safe storage bags for up to 6 weeks. When meal time approaches just remove the number of cubes you need and microwave or heat on the stove top.
Your wallet will also be happy because homemade baby food is a great way to save money! A 1lb bag of organic carrots costs around $2.00. This will yield about 15 servings. Therefore making each serving (3 cubes) of baby food costs around $.13. Non organic jarred food is about $.50 a serving. The savings are undeniable!
As we all know, being a Mom is a constant battle within. You are the only one who can decide what is right for your baby. Since I am solely responsible for what my son eats, I have found that making Gibson’s baby food is a great way to give his little body a healthy head start!
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